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The purpose of this assignment is to help you develop the critical thinking skills necessary to write a basic, college-level analytical essay. You may type directly into this file and then upload when finished. Remember that you need to connect what you read in the book to what you are learning from other course materials to complete you answers. Step I: Basic, factual analysis of a reading 1. List three examples of events/methods from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle which you believe best illustrate the issues caused by rapid industrialization and urbanization. 2. Now for each point above, explain why this example illustrates these issues. 3. Finally, place each point above into the historical context (this means to make direct connections of this point to other specific information you have learned about the era from the other course materials) 4. Compare The Jungle to Andrew Carnegie’s article “Wealth” (found in the course materials under Industrialism). List one example where the two sources agree. 5. List one example where the two sources differ from each other. 6. What do you think it means if the materials agree? 7. What should you do with information that differs? PART II: How to use a period piece of literature (fiction). Here answer the questions using your common sense and critical thinking skills. 1. List two reasons why students should be cautious in using a piece of literature (fiction) in historical analysis. 2. Give an example from Sinclair’s book for each of the reasons raised above. 3. List two reasons why students should use a period piece of literature (fiction). 4. Now give an example from Sinclair’s book for each of the reasons raised above. PART III: Sketching out an Essay In this section of the worksheet, you will see how all the course materials start to come together. If you were writing an essay, you would want to draw your conclusions and make your inferences using a wide variety of examples to make your points and provide supporting evidence (which would likely lead to an “A” paper). Keep this in mind as you answer the rest of the questions here. In the period between the end of the Civil War and WWI, the United States underwent a period of rapid industrialization and urbanization. Examine the impact of this industrialization and urbanization on American politics, economics and society What examples would you use from The Jungle book (taking into consideration the concepts we have just worked with in Parts I and II) to back up/illustrate your analysis of each of the following points (give one example per each). Once again, you need to consider ALL that you have learned from the course materials, not just from reading this book.

The purpose of this assignment is to help you develop the critical thinking skills necessary to write a basic, college-level analytical essay. You may type directly into this file and then upload when finished. Remember that you need to connect what
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